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Tea For Two

One of the biggest pop standards of the 20th century celebrates its 90th birthday this month. Exactly nine decades ago - April 21st 1924 - a new musical comedy opened in Chicago on its pre-Broadway tour. The plot was the usual fluff - three couples in Atlantic City, complications ensue, etc. It should have been a breeze, but it wasn't going well. The producer, having fired the director, had decided to direct it himself. His name was Harry Frazee. And, if you're not a camp old musical-comedy buff but that name nevertheless rings a bell, that's because, when he wasn't firing directors, he was selling baseball players: Harry Frazee was the Boston Red Sox owner who sold Babe Ruth to the Yankees and started that whole "Curse of the Bambino" thing, about which more later...

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Mark's Mailbox

Curious George Examines Mike's Data

I often thank those from far-flung parts - Latvia, Finland, India, Singapore, Georgia (the ex-Soviet one, not the Ray Charles one), Indonesia, Brazil, and even the Falkland Islands - who've helped support my pushback against serial litigant and fake Nobel Laureate Michael E Mann. But I ought to express my gratitude for those nearer to our corporate head office...

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A Se'nnight of Steyn April 14-20

Here's the last seven days as seen by Mark

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The Hugh Hewitt Show

Chicken Supremes

On yesterday's pre-Easter edition of the Hugh Hewitt show, Hugh and I discussed the Democratic Party candidate of 2052, Hillary Rodham Clinton's foreign-policy "legacy", free-speech rights for showbiz celebrities, and the Virginia Supreme Court's decision to side with Michael E Mann...

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A Show of Contempt, at Home and Abroad

As American power wanes abroad, it's turned ever more fiercely upon its own citizenry

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The Rush Limbaugh Show

Living the Lies

I was honored to be back behind the Golden EIB Microphone today, while Rush is undergoing surgery in California. Here's a sampling of what we chewed over in the course of three hours...

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Don't Start Deleting Those Emails Just Yet, Mikey!

The Virginia Supreme Court favors Michael E Mann over the state's Freedom of Information Act

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Nigels in the News

Notes around the Anglosphere

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Steyn on the World

The "Safe Space" is Where Cultures Go to Die

I'm back in The Spectator this week in both Australia and the United Kingdom. Down Under, as you can see, I'm the cover story; in the Mother Country, I take second billing to God and Richard Dawkins (not sure who gets top billing between them). It's an overview of recent free-speech issues, from California to Canberra...

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The Plains of Bureaustan

The Bureau of Land Management rules the 26th largest country on earth

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The Pasture is Prologue

The photo at right is from the showdown between the Bundy family and the Bureau of Land Management, which is to Nevada as the Red Army is to Eastern Ukraine...

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On the Town

Easter Parade

Happy Easter and Happy Passover to our readers around the world. We moved our Saturday movie night to Good Friday for Mel Gibson's blockbuster The Passion Of The Christ. So, for the weekend proper, here's a special podcast, audiophonically adapted from an essay that appears in Mark's book A Song For The Season. Mark traces the story of Irving Berlin's "Easter Parade", from its obscure origins as a First World War morale booster to its re-emergence a generation later as the American Songbook's ...

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Defend Free Speech!

Medieval Moralists

As part of its just launched free-speech campaign, Spiked! over in London has a big piece on Brandis. That's not a misspelling for Brandeis, the supposed scholarly institution that reminds us that, as Kate McMillan likes to say, the opposite of diversity is university. No, Brandis is George Brandis, QC, the Attorney-General of Australia. Mr Brandis introduced me when I spoke in Brisbane in Queensland two years ago, and I was very touched not by anything he said about me and my free-speech ...

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Seasons of Steyn

Choc and Awe

Heading back from Montreal late the other night, I pulled up in front of the guard on the US side of the Quebec/Vermont border. He asked the usual questions, and then said, "Are you bringing anything back from Canada?" "Oh, just some Easter eggs," I said, breezily - and instantly regretted it. The hitherto somewhat somnolent agent sprang visibly alert. "Easter eggs..?"

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Ten Years Ago

The Passion Of The Christ

Mel Gibson's blockbuster marks its tenth anniversary

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The Clash of Sticks

Today, a decision is expected from the Virginia Supreme Court re "hockey stick" climate alarmist Michael E Mann's continued attempts to obstruct access to his data. A bunch of big media - NPR, The Washington Post et al - have filed briefs opposing Mann and the University of Virginia because they understand that a victory for him would be a massive defeat for freedom of information that would more or less gut the law in that state.

Likewise, were he to prevail in the upcoming Mann vs Steyn trial of the century at the DC Superior Court, it would be the biggest setback for the First Amendment in the half-century since New York Times vs Sullivan...

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One Year Ago

No Islam to See Here

Exactly twelve months ago, on April 15th 2013, at 3.35pm, I wrote in a short post: "There are reports of two huge blasts and multiple serious injuries at the finish of the Boston Marathon." Herewith, a few excerpts from what I wrote in the days that followed...

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Mann vs Steyn

Football and Hockey

The Corner post that launched a lawsuit...

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